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EU leaders cannot fail to win the populism in Salzburg By Gerasimos Kouvaras

Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Gerasimos Kouvaras

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The most vulnerable families around the world are being (further) degraded. Today, more than ever, people from all over the world are being forced to leave their homes due to conflict, persecution and the increase of disasters caused by climate change. Instead of being welcomed, these families are still tuned in camps improvised in subhuman conditions, while the extreme right of the EU tries to add more misery to their lives.

Some politicians are using the worst crisis of refugees registered in the 21st century to deepen divisions within host communities and create an isolated Europe that turns its back on the most vulnerable in the world.

Boatloads of people who risk their lives trying to escape the horrors that they live, continue crossing the Mediterranean. Today only on islands Greek 20,000 refugiad@s are waiting for a decision on its destination, l@s which 10,000 are atrapad@s in Lesvos, with an official capacity of 3,500 people.
We must not forget that mothers, fathers, daughters and children seen as "economic migrants" are first and foremost individuals and 1,600 of them have disappeared this year in the Mediterranean after being expelled from their homes by force majeure. Nor can we forget that 17,000 people live in unworthy conditions in places that do not meet humanitarian standards, which remain overcrowded in the Greek Islands and are rescued by boats off the coast of Libya later denied refuge.

This is the harsh reality that is doing that the EU leaders gather today in Austria to propose a collective response from the European Union to the forced displacement of people from North Africa to Europe. The Summit in Salzburg, despite dealing with headlines like a clash Brexit, is the first of a series of critical international meetings on migration whose decisions will be communicated at the next meeting of the Council of the EU. In New York, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meets to consider responses to forced displacement and Action Aid International will be there to add to the debate the voices of the most vulnerable people around the world. In December, the international community will meet in Marrakech to adopt a global pact on migration, the first UN agreement aimed at addressing the challenges of forced displacement and mobility.

International NGOs and civil society can't afford to win the rising tide of populism in Europe. Unfortunately some EU leaders propose "solutions" inhuman instead of creating long-term measures aimed at the real drivers of the forced migration. A disturbing example is the last plan of the Minister of the Interior of Austria, Herbert Kickl, and fellow Italian, Matteo Salvini, who intend to leave the refugees caught at sea while their asylum applications are processed.

Durante el verano, la Unión Europea ha anunciado una serie de medidas siniestras en respuesta a los llamados de los gobiernos nacionales para tratar el tema de la migración hacia Europa. Estas medidas incluyen la creación de “centros controlados” para detener a personas, incluidos niños, que buscan asilo; un nuevo sistema para el “desembarco de migrantes” a terceros países fuera de la UE, como Libia, en el norte de África; y el establecimiento de una nueva fuerza fronteriza de la UE reforzada “para atacar a los inmigrantes” en el Mediterráneo. Tememos que estas propuestas despojen a la gente de sus derechos y no proporcionen una forma justa o efectiva de procesar las solicitudes de asilo.

Las tres propuestas señalan que en lugar de trabajar a nivel global para lidiar con los impulsores del desplazamiento forzado, incluso con países de África y Medio Oriente, los líderes de la UE están enfocados a crear una Europa amurallada, mientras que los políticos populistas deshumanizan las personas que huyen de la persecución y la desesperación.

Si los líderes de la UE permanecieran fieles a los valores de la humanidad y los derechos humanos sobre los cuales se fundó la Unión Europea, debería haber garantías de que se respeten los derechos de las personas. La creación de campamentos de “puntos de acceso” superpoblados, donde mujeres y niños son detenidos y se les deja en riesgo de abuso, no es una solución sostenible o humana. Cualquier esfuerzo colectivo debe cumplir los compromisos para apoyar la mejora de dichos centros de recepción en Grecia, poniendo fin a las condiciones inhumanas en lugares como Moria, como ActionAid y otras ONGs han estado exigiendo desde 2015 hasta hoy, cuando las condiciones parecen ser peores que nunca.

Cualquier acuerdo de esta semana en Austria debe rechazar la idea de que hay una “manera rápida” de superar los desafíos del desplazamiento forzado. Convencerse a sí mismos de que el informe del Presidente de la Comisión Europea de 10.000 nuevos guardias fronterizos es la respuesta, es ingenuo y sería contraproducente.

Si los gobiernos de la Unión Europea no trabajan juntos para abordar las causas del desplazamiento, no deberían de sorprenderse cuando su política de una “Europa amurallada” fracase.


Gerasimos Kouvaras es el Director Ejecutivo de ActionAid Grecia, escribiendo en nombre de ActionAid International.


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